The Slow Movement

The Tiny Lifestyle affords us to living in the moment, to enjoy life unburdened by not having to vacuum 6000 square feet, to have to get a second job to make the mortgage payment this month.  slow foodYou are able to focus on the two most important things:  your relationship with others and yourself.  Its about being able to take time for important things in your life, to do what matters most and pursue your passions.

For some time now I have been aware of “The Slow Movement” which touts taking time to savor whatever you are doing.  The two main groups that have really jumped on board with this are travel and food.

The Slow Food movement and the Slow Travel Movement are all about taking the time to really enjoy, living in the moment and developing connections with others.  Slow food movement was obviously a response to Fast Food.  In the US 1/3 of Americans eat Fast Food every single day.  The main reason is because its convenient and easy.  For those of you who don’t know I am 25, and I can easily say that 90% of everyone my age that I know don’t know how to cook a simple meal.  A friend of mine who had been living for several years on their own, I had to teach how to boil pasta…. No…..I’m not even kidding.

We as adults need to take the time to learn to cook, because let’s face it folks, we gotta eat.  The Slow Food Movement is designed to facilitate this learning, to promote sitting down at the table with people we care about, share great food and great conversation.

The Slow Travel Movement is a call back to the time when people had to take long vacations via boat or train.  There was a time, when people would take a vacation for 6 months to two years!  While this was admittedly a luxury of the affluent, there is obviously some nostalgia to this idea.

So what about Slow Travel makes it so great?  I have been fortunate enough to spend allot of time abroad.  I have done it all from the blitzkrieg week long touristy, get driven on a bus tour; To settle down in one spot with no plan and just mingle with the locals.  The two both have their merits, but the quality of experiences, the orientation to the culture and living in the moment is unrivaled to the later.

Slow Travel really lets you get to know the place you’re traveling.  I once spent over a month in Europe backpacking around, but there was one experience that really stuck out to me.  It was a lady at customs in France, she asked me “how can you see Europe in one month! I spent 3 months in Spain and didn’t see it”  While the French do enjoy 5+ weeks of vacation a year, most of Europe does often spend longer time periods while on vacation than we do.  Does it mean that how we travel is bad, no defiantly not!  It is simply something to keep in mind for that time that you can make time.

Check out this great website about this topic: HERE

  1. Right on…you've hit on two topics in the two posts I've read that are near and dear to me, small living and slow food. I spent an hour this morning wandering the farmers market talking to the people who raise the chickens that gave me the eggs I bought…to the woman who helps milk the goats that got turned into the yogurt, and to the guy with dirt under his nails from pulling the carrots out of the ground yesterday.

    How can any fast food compare to that?

    I look forward to reading more as your blog comes into its own…thanks!


  2. Yes, Jesse, I agree. I took a co-worker/friend of mine to the local fresh market. As we walked around the relatively small market, I introduced her and her son to the local farmers and crafts people. They shared about what they do, how they do it and what brought them to doing it. They're sharing was personally meaningful to them and brought added value to the experience of purchasing goods. Towards the end, my co-worker/friend turned to me and said "I've never seen this side of you. You're almost an extrovert!" I laughed and said "these are my peeps." But later, privately, the alienation of the fast life, made all the faster by computers and increased demands for workplace production, struck me. I realized that people I work with don't really know me, and most likely not anyone else. We're paid to produce. We're not paid to socialize, get to know people, or understand others. The fast life undermines the experience of being human.

  3. For me, cooking is as much a way to relax as it is a necessity. Knowing that I’m doing something strictly for myself (similar to a luxurious bath) makes it more enjoyable. And it really impresses women, especially when most of them around here can’t cook….

    I’m a westerner living in Taiwan, and like the writer said, most people I meet don’t know how to cook. Most young Taiwanese in Taipei live in one room hovels with no kitchen (only occasionally a fridge) and a shared bathroom. They eat out every meal, seven days per week. Taiwanese and foreigners both think I’m crazy or amazing because I bought a 100 cu. litre fridge and a countertop oven for cooking cakes or grilling meat. Hell, I’d have bought a full size stove and oven appliance if I’d had the room.

    By the standards I grew up with, I’m living off fast food because most of my meals are prepared within an hour, or I make a large amount of something and eat it for three meals over two days, reheating to save time. But even that is “adventurous” compared to what most young people eat around here.

    • I love cooking it is a way for me to just block out other stuff!

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